The number of Covid-19 patients in public hospitals has fallen by 21 per cent in the past week.

The figure fell significantly last night to 136 - the lowest in more than 200 days.

474 new cases of the virus were confirmed yesterday, along with three further deaths.

28 were in Galway, there was 8 cases each in Mayo, Roscommon and Leitrim and less than 5 cases in Sligo.

The 5-day average of cases is now 426.

UCD professor Julien Mercille, from the Independent Scientific Advocacy Group, believes cases will rise more after May 10th.